Saturday, March 31, 2012

bits & pieces

Lovely weather this past week has meant lots of trips with the doggies to the park! I really think our dogs understand English, but they only know certain words. 'Park' for instance, hike, ride, outside, and CAT! are a few that they know especially well :) But the park allows our pups to make friends & sniff things for hours upon hours-which is all they ever really want to do anyway.
 
This nice weather also caused me to dust off a few spring dresses and allow them to see the light of day again! (please be kind enough to ignore my white as copy paper legs. No melanoma for me!!)
We joined so friends last night for sushi & hibachi for a birthday celebration! Our hibachi person was so skilled-look how fast his little hands were moving! (*side note*- the gentleman to the right in this picture was a complete stranger who dined with us. We have reason to believe he is a foreign diplomat.)
& I will leave you with this little nugget I came across in my reading today. It reminds me not to judge others too quickly; because I don't know the whole story. I don't know where they've been, and I certainly don't know where they're going.
Have a great weekend, friends! We are celebrating Kevin's 2_th birthday tomorrow! (poor guy'd be mad if I told ya ;))

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

the luckiest

I never want to be a person who takes anyone or anything for granted. Everything in life is so fleeting. If I am not grateful, I feel like it might vanish even quicker.
This week I am so thankful for my husband.
He has spent a lot of time away recently; and I really do believe that time apart brings people even closer together. I realize how much he does to help me, and I feel quite lost when he's not here.
I'm so happy he's home this morning, and will be for awhile. Especially because he made me breakfast!
What a sweet guy I nabbed ;)
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Last week was pretty overwhelming. I worked a lot of extra hours because of a new store opening. But amidst all the craziness I got a text from each of my bosses (I have 4) telling them how much they appreciate my hard work. I believe that sincere compliments are good for anyones soul, especially my tired one after a long week. Those kind & encouraging words meant so much to me :)
So don't hesitate to tell your people how much you love 'em on this Tuesday!
xox

Saturday, March 24, 2012

lame

On nights like tonight, when I'm sitting in bed on a Friday at 9:30pm, I feel like my high school self might be really disappointed in just how old and adultish my current self is.
I mean, really; I am not a cool or hip person at all.
In fact; quite the opposite.
Most nights (not just tonight) I'm in bed by 9:30.
And I usually sit up blogging on my acer laptop.
I was just thinking the other day; (this is a true story!) went to we New Orleans for my 21st birthday and had 1 drink all weekend. I was celebrating being 21 in NOLA! And I had a margarita with my po-boy sandwich at lunch.
If that's not being a responsible grown-up I'm not sure what is!
I literally never watch TV, except for the occasional Today show while getting ready for work. So I'm verifiabley clueless  when it comes to anything pop culture related. (ask my co-workers! I might as well be Amish)
I kill plants.
I don't have any real hobbies.
I joined twitter a few months ago and I'm still completely confused.
I'm still not positive what a re-tweet is or why I should do it..?
And apparently, I don't even know how to work the camera on my phone!
Look what happened when I tried to take a picture, but realized a little too late that the camera was pointed in my direction;
Hahaha
There you have it folks!
Lame, in bed at 9:30, accidentally taking pictures of myself Lindsey.
(& I just realized that I called myself Amish and then posted a pic of myself wearing a straw hat. I might as well be writing by candlelight with my laptop plugged into a generator.)
Happy weekend friends!
xox

Thursday, March 22, 2012

not the best housekeeper

I am a happy lady over here today, because Kevin is finally home!
I feel like that boy was gone FOR-EVER!!
These are just a few snipets of my lonesome week without him.
 We love our local dog park, but our pups love it even more! I took advantage of this gorgeous weather we've been having & let them run off some energy. As you can see, Chesapeake loves to lead other dogs that are 8 times her size. Yeah, those are great danes which could easily eat her for an afternoon snack!
 I texted Kevin the sad face on the left (saying 'I miss you!'); and was returned with that little gem on the right. (disclaimer;that does not even remotely look like my husband)
 This is a look at my bathroom floor when Kevin isn't here to pick up my clothes. Oops..
& now he's home! And he chooses to..cuddle the dog.?
But I choose to forgive him; because in the 6 days he was gone I did 0% of the mountain of laundry that is currently taking over our room.
Oops again..
Happy Wednesday, Friends!

Monday, March 19, 2012

churchisms

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Because I've grown up in the church, I feel like there are all these little words or phrases that many Christian people use. Maybe because there are so many, or maybe it's because I hear them so often-- I hardly notice them anymore. For example, referring to something or someone as a 'blessing.' Total churchism!
Theres this one phrase that I feel we use a lot.
"God will never give you more than you can handle."
 If I'm being completely honest I had someone tell me that just this week.
There's also a song that I feel has been on repeat on the radio station we listen to at work. The lyrics go, "He said, I will never give you more than you can take. I might let you bend, but I won't let you break."
That 1 phrase has been really heavy on my heart lately (ha! another churchism!)
But really, I think the reason these phrases/lyrics resonate with me is because I don't think they are true at all!
I 100% believe that God does, in fact, give us more than we can handle.
I read this quote a few weeks ago from the amazing book Kisses from Katie-
"I believe that God totally, absolutely, intentionally gives us more than we can handle. Because this is when we surrender to Him and He takes over, proving Himself by doing the impossible in our lives."
She took the words right out of my mouth!
But going back to that song, He won't give us more than we can take? I believe that God works through our incompetence. He will let us bend but not break? I believe that we are all broken before God, but He is the one who comes into our situation and pieces us back together
Maybe we should change this churchism to; God will never give us more than HE can handle.
I am so thankful that He has done this in my life time and time again.
So maybe instead of just spouting off churchisms, I need to take a step back and really reflect on what I'm saying before it comes out of my mouth.
Try it with me?
xox

Saturday, March 17, 2012

shorts & a thank you

Tomorrow is St. Patties day!
But since tomorrow is Saturday and I most likely won't be changing out of my pj's I will be celebrating the green holiday today. Oh, ps. Did I tell you it's supposed to be 80 degrees today..?
NO joke!
Good thing I have green linen shorts for such an occasion as a hot as blazes St. Patricks day!
& I snagged these puppies at the store where I work, which means I got them for a $teal! (did ya like? $teal?? bahah!)
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On a slightly more serious note I want to thank my dear friends and family members who have been praying for Kevin and I. Kevin lost his sweet Grandmother on Wednesday, and is currently in Baltimore with his family. Thank you so much for your support during this time!
xox

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

mother nature is a meanie

Hello friends!
So happy to be back with you again.
Kevin and I's short spring break trip was really fun, and I'm so glad we got to spend some time away. Things didn't really go as planned, though. Ya see, we were supposed to camp both Saturday and Sunday nights.
Kevin was so excited to use our new tent.
He set it up right when we got to our campsite on Dauphin Island.
I must admit, it is really cute tent. And its brand new, so it didn't smell all funky like I think most tents do. Our campsite was right on the beach, but sadly the weather wasn't on our side. Like at all. I was not too pleased with Mother Nature.
But we did walk around the beach a little bit, and also spent some time at an estuarium on the island.
Please don't ask me what an estuarium is, because even after going, I'm still not 100% sure. But Kevin enjoyed it!
We did stay in our tent on Saturday night.
On Sunday some friends of ours were having their own mini vacay at Gulf Shores- which I found out was close to us! They invited us to meet up with them for brunch & we kindly obliged. I have no picture of this but the food was awwwesome.. and fancy. Just our style. ;)
Oh. And I totally forgot to mention-we rode a ferry over to visit them. 
A ferry!
So fun. 
There were lots of seagulls who also hopped a ride on our ferry, and a few pelicans too.
It was at this point in our journey that I realized that I can never again look at a pelican without thinking of Finding Nemo. 
Moving right along..after brunch we checked out an old fort near the ferry dock called Fort Morgan.
It was old, and cool, and a little bit creepy. (but what old fort isn't?)

Sunday night into Monday was calling for loads of rain, and I dont know about you, but I really cant think of anything less appealing than sleeping in a wet tent. So we ended up staying with our friends instead of camping in the ugliness.
(Yay for friends who stay in condos!)
And then, after picking up camp we did the only rational thing and hit up a mini-golf course!
 And of course Monday came too soon!
After hitting up a few of the local shops...
(True Life; I'm married to a neon-wearing hustler)
..we made the long drive home.
& were greeted by our sweet pups! (who were kindly taken care of by our awesome friends)
Hope your weekend was wonderful!
xox

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I wish I was kidding

I really wish this wasn't a legitimate conversation between my sister and I...
but unfortunately for us all, that did in fact take place.
She's also the same sister that plowed over a lighthouse with a lawn mower. True story.
PS. If you're on instagram & not flirting with Swedish boys, you can find me here!
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Tomorrow morning we're heading out on a short Spring Break vacay!
Dauphin Island AL!
(which I have been calling 'Dolphin' Island for 2 days now..yep)
But who wouldn't want to go to a place called Dolphin Island..really?
I think they should seriously consider a name change.
Have a great weekend, friends!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

yapyapyap

I could go on and on about these 3 things. 3 little, simple things that could be summed up in just a few words. I'm not a very talkative person, but I love to talk about things that I'm passionate about, things that I believe in.
These are some of those things. & if you hang around me very much, you will see how each of these things have impacted me. They have shaped me as a person. & I love them for that.
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Africa.
For anyone that even-semi knows me, you know that Africa was literally my first love. When I was a toddler I asked my mom consistently to braid my hair in corn rows because I wanted to be black. Creepy? Maybe. (but as you can see, I eventually got them.) I really believe God put a love in my heart for this people & this culture at a very young age.
I first went to Africa when I was only 16. Life=changed.
I went back after I graduated high school, and my heart has been longing to return ever since. I realized that 3 years ago today I was in Uganda. 3 years is much too big of a gap.
I'm hoping God will call be back again soon. But until He does, I will talk about my past experiences to anyone who might listen. Want to hear where I went? Why? What I did? Ask me! I'll talk your ear off, I promise :)

God's faithfulness.
 This has really been revealed to me so much in the past year. I am so grateful that God's plans are bigger and better than mine. If I had followed my own path, there is no telling where I'd be right now. But because He is so loving and faithful to me, He has led me right where I need to be. 
I never thought I'd be in Mississippi; thats for darn sure! Never thought I'd be married at my age either. But I'm so happy he has brought me to this place. It scares me to think of where I would have taken myself on my own. 
 I hate it when I hear people say, "listen to your heart." No. Don't listen to your heart! The heart is your flesh, and it will always do what it feels like doing. If I'd have listened to my heart there is literally no telling where I'd be at this point. No, God's plans are so much better. & He speaks through your spirit, not your heart!

My family.
 
It makes my heart so sad when I hear about people coming from broken homes. So many of my friends don't know what it's like to have 2 incredible and kind parents bringing them up in a home full of love, and that is a sad thing. I am blessed over and over again by my parents and my sisters everyday. They shaped me into the person I am! I love love LOVE it when people ask me about my family. Especially people here in MS because they've never met my fam! I'll tell you all about them, & show you plenty of pictures too!

xox

Monday, March 5, 2012

anatomy of a husband-less Sunday

This weekend Kevin was out of town for work/school.
This stinks, because I really like Kevin, and we spend a lot of time together ;)
Luckily, we have really awesome friends who will let me hang out with them even when my better half is not present. This is what I did all of Friday night & Saturday, but Sunday I spent most of the day on my own.
Here's how it went.
7:30am-12:00pm
Waking up, getting ready & going to church. What an awesome way to spend the morning! Today's service was SO good. I wish everyday could start with a few good hours of church!
(I didn't take a picture to document this time in my day, but I pretty much felt like this)
Super excited & happy after church! Ready to start my week :)
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12:05-12-30
Come home.
I felt the need to take pictures of the bangarang mugs I bought at dirt cheap for under 4 bucks!
Seriously.. how cute?!
12:36
Realize there is absolutely nothing good on TV.
EVER.
12:42
Take a picture of my sweet chalkboard.
It makes me happy :)
1:13
Oscar falls asleep on the couch.
I go; "awww"

1:38
I decided I was really hungry.
Pasta it is!

 2:02
Eat a late (and incredibly unhealthy) lunch, complete with OJ in bangargan mug.
 2:12
I realize I do not have a single tuperware container with a matching lid to put the leftovers in.
Tuperware Fail.
 

4:00pm 
Kevin is HOME!
(no picture to document this either but I was pretty much like this again)

Hoping you all had a splendid Sunday!
xox

Friday, March 2, 2012

built on love

Last week when I was home I was able to spend some time with my Grandparents. Kevin & I are both really lucky when it comes to grandparents. We had all 8 total still living up until just last year when Kevin's Grandfather passed. We are so blessed by the 7 we have with us, and even though they are all far away we love spending time with them when we can. Kevin even has a tattoo idea in the works that will be dedicated to our Grandparents!

Anywho, my Mom's parents have lived in the same house since my Mom was an infant. Such a long time! (no offense, Mom..)  So many memories from my childhood took place in that house.We had numerous Summer picnics, Easter egg hunts, and family get togethers there over the years. My family and I even lived there for a short time when I was young, and its where I first learned to ride my bike!

The time has come for my Grandparents to down-size and they have found a lovely, and more manageable place. I got to visit the old home for the last time while I was there and even got to take a few keepsakes with me.
Such a beautiful place with beautiful memories.

Honestly, I can't imagine them living anywhere else.
It will just be a new place, with new memories to make & new pictures to take :)
 This is my younger sister. I made her pose with this decorative lighthouse before we left because when she was 11 or so, she ran over it with a tractor. Then our Grandpa ran after her shouting profanities.
Like I said; beautiful memories :)
 xox